August 2011 Newsletter

 Vol 1, Issue 3

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Connecting children needing books 
with books needing children.
BBB Soaks Round Lake Beach with Books 


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We started small, distributing books to one elementary school in Round Lake Beach in 2010. Then we added two others, and now distribute to three out of four elementary schools in Round Lake Beach. This spring, we established Distribution Partnerships with the Early Educational Center (where all kindergartners attend) and WIC Round Lake Beach (Women, Infants, Children). 


What does all this really mean? It means that Bernie's Book Bank is providing libraries of books for nearly every young child in Round Lake Beach. Each child served by BBB will receive six quality books, twice a year, from infancy through 6th grade.


Several weeks ago, we distributed 3,000 books to more than 490 students at the Mano a Mano Back to School Festival in Round Lake Beach. Family after family stopped by to thank us for the work we are doing in their community.


So if you want to see the vision we have for Bernie's Book Bank - an American Institution serving at-risk children in every major metropolitan area - take a look at Round Lake Beach. Working together, we can significantly move the needle on children's literacy in America. 

Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic, September 23

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The sound of bagpipes off in the distance. The smell of freshly cut green grass on a crisp Fall day. Friends gathered at the first tee like horses before the race, anxious for the competition to begin. This is the Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic, and you don't want to miss it.


Birdies & Books is the best of the best. Fun, competitive play, a putting competition, a wine tasting, and a presentation of the day's winners, followed by a pig roast dinner and live music. And all profits go toward providing more books to more at-risk children. 


For details about registration and sponsorships, go to To ensure everyone has a great time, foursomes will be limited. Register before September 1 to receive a free Mulligan - your teammates will thank you.


Birdies & Books for Non-Birdiers

You don't have to be a golfer to enjoy Birdies & Books. Friends, spouses and supporters can join us for a wine and cheese tasting under the big white tent at 5 pm, followed by a pig roast dinner, live music, beer, wine, soft drinks and special vodka drinks. If you enjoyed Rock the Bank!, you'll enjoy Birdies & Books. And the cost is only $50! 


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Looking for a Team-Building Opportunity?
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Are you looking for a rewarding, fun team-building opportunity for your business, religious or community group? Look no further than Bernie's Book Bank! The Bernie's Book Bank warehouse is conveniently located near the 294 tollway and Route 176. Volunteer opportunities usually last between 1 to 1 1/2 hours, and can accommodate up to 50 volunteers at one time.

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Just call or text us at 847-780-READ (7323), or send an email to [email protected] to schedule a private, free volunteer event. For a peek at how much you'll enjoy volunteering at Bernie's Book Bank, go to:
In This Issue
BBB Soaks Round Lake Beach
Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic
Corporate Volunteer Opportunity
Start a Book Drive at Your School
Meet Our New Team Members
Can You Give Up One Cup?
We love coffee. Americans buy gourmet coffees an average of six times per month and spend an average of $6 per visit. 

For $6, Bernie's Book Bank can deliver 36 books to six children who have none of their own.

Can you give up one cup per month for a really great cause? Click below to donate $6 per month to BBB, and help us deliver more books to more children. Thank you!

Our Mission  


Bernie's Book Bank facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of quality new & gently used children's books so as to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk infants, toddlers and school age children living throughout Chicagoland.


Our goal is to be distributing 1 MILLION books per year by 2013.

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Box Truck and Book Space
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Bernie's Book Bank is growing so fast, we are nearly busting at the seams! To accommodate large collections of books, we are in need of a box truck and off-site storage for pallets of books.

If you can help, please call or text 847-780-READ (7323) or email us at [email protected].
Get Connected! 

Today is a great day to connect with Bernie's Book Bank on all social media outlets!  Stay informed about all the great progress BBB is making towards erradicating childhoold illiteracy.  

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Want to Start a Book Drive at Your School?
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Want your kids to learn a valuable lesson about giving? Contact us and we'll work with your school to become a Collection Partner for Bernie's Book Bank.

The Bernie's Book Bank School Book Drive Program is the ultimate, cost-free opportunity for your school to have a huge impact on your community (and amazingly creates no additional work for your faculty and administration)!

� We provide all the informational flyers for your school to send home with kids

� We provide book collection receptacles and easel signage to place around your school

� We make weekly visits to collect any overflow or will come as requested

� We provide professional, children's entertainment for use during a School Book Drive Pep Rally

- We provide Bernie's Book Bank bookmarks for all students, and award a $25 gift certificate (pizza party!) to the classroom that collects the most books

� We present your school with a framed letter of appreciation documenting your school's efforts, and send a press release to the local paper applauding the students' achievements


If you are looking for a chance to get involved and make a difference in the lives of children and their families, then Bernie's Book Bank School Book Drive Program is for you! It is a great supplement to a reading night, Book Fair or any community service project!  It's Simple, Easy, Free, and Fun! The current book drive record stands at 10,749 books collected by Glencoe Central School. Click here to watch a short video of the Glencoe book drive in action. 


We are currently planning school collections for the 2011-2012 school year. Please contact us at [email protected], or call 847-780-READ (7232) to put your school on the calendar.

Meet Our New Team Members!
GregWe are so pleased to introduce you to our NEW BBB staff members, Greg LeFebvre and Catherine Driscoll. 

Greg began volunteering at BBB beginning in 2010, coming weekly to level, fingerprint and package bags of books. As we've continued to grow rapidly, it's become obvious that we need help managing the collection, processing and distribution of books. Greg joins BBB as Logistics Support, and we are thrilled to have him.

Catherine Driscoll joined the BBB Board of Directors in March, and immediately became a critical part of our success. A communications professional, Catherinecd photo has helped us build awareness, resulting in more books collected and more money raised in support of our growth. Catherine joins us as the Managing Director of Bernie's Book Bank, and will be instrumental in helping us develop a model that we can take to other major metropolitan areas.

Twenty months ago when Bernie's Book Bank was founded, I knew that I would have to rely on the kindness and skills of many strangers to make this dream a reality. Today, I am honored to be surrounded by sharp, ambitious, caring people who share our vision. Together, with our incredible Board of Directors, many volunteers, supportive schools and strategic partners, Bernie's Book Bank will reach our goal of 1 MILLION books distributed by 2013, and become an American Institution.
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Brian Floriani
Executive Director
Bernie's Book Bank
847-780 READ (7323)